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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Powys War Memorials Project: Free Photography Competition 2016

There are 2590 recorded war memorials in Wales ranging from free-standing monuments and sculptural masterpieces to simple plaques in chapels, churches, schools, post offices and banks. Collectively, they are by far the largest body of public memorials in Wales with examples in almost all communities. Although there are examples from earlier conflicts, especially the South African War (1899─1902), most memorials were erected in the 1920s and were usually paid for by local subscription. A good selection of these have been photographed by the Royal Commission for Coflein, our online database and Cadw’s handbook “Caring for War Memorials in Wales” 2014.

Powys County Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Cadw (Welsh Government) and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority for the Powys War Memorials Project 2014-2018: A Mark of Respect. This project commemorates the centenary of World I and is now holding a World War I memorial photography competition as part of the project. Nathan Davies, the Powys War Memorials Project Officer explains, “We know of about 300 war memorials in Powys ranging from stone crosses to stained glass windows, plaques to statues. However, there are likely to be considerably more than this. One aim of the project is to find, record and catalogue all the World War I memorials in the county. All you need to do is find a war memorial, take a photograph of it, complete the entry form and email it to us. That’s it ! You’ll be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 and will have the chance to win a share of the £200 prize fund.”

This competition is free to enter, has two entry categories: one for young people, one for adults. The closing date for the competition is Friday 10th June 2016. For further information please visit the project website page or contact Nathan Davies for more information:

Phone: 01597 827 597
Powys County Council, The Gwalia, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. LD1 6AA

Judges of the competition include Iain Wright, former Royal Commission photographer, as well as representatives from the Church in Wales and the Royal British Legion.

Builth Wells war memorial NPRN: 419416, DS2013_438_003
Located on a prominent site at the entrance to the Groe, the memorial at Builth incorporates figures representing the army, navy, air force and merchant navy.

Montgomeryshire war memorial NPRN: 32916, DS2013_514_002
The County War Memorial sited on the summit of Town Hill, Montgomery, is a prominent feature of the landscape and can be seen from miles around.

Rhayader war memorial clock tower NPRN: 32982, DS2013_440_003
Patriotic iconography at Rhayader War Memorial Clock Tower depicts the Welsh dragon defeating the German imperial eagle.

Twyn-y-garth gun NPRN: 437, DS2013_515_001
One of Wales’ most evocative war memorials at Twyn-y-Garth. The memorial is a  First World War German 105 mm leichte Feldhaubitzer placed on a hill and secured in concrete, The gun was fully restored in 2001 as a millennium commemoration.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Archaeology of the Skerries (Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid), north Wales

On 19 April, Royal Commission Investigator Dr Toby Driver accompanied an RSPB monitoring visit out to the Skerries, a small group of rocky islets off north-west Anglesey. Archaeological aerial reconnaissance had identified unrecorded earthworks surviving on the southern side of the islet. The trip was also a long overdue chance to examine the wider archaeology and built heritage of this remote islet which has seen few archaeological visitors since Douglas Hague’s trips in the early 1980s, culminating in his 1994 Royal Commission book ‘Lighthouses of Wales’.

The Skerries is dominated by its fine lighthouse, built on an outcrop at the highest point. A light was first established here after 1716, built by William Trench as a personal venture. After several different phases of work the lighthouse achieved its present appearance under Trinity House and consultant engineer James Walker, who rebuilt it in 1851. The light towers 36m above high water, and the residential block presently accommodates RSPB staff during the nesting season among a noisy colony of Artic Terns. Luckily the lighthouse was open for maintenance by Trinity House staff during the visit, allowing new photography of its interior and lantern room.

The group of buildings around the lighthouse includes the oldest separate keepers’ dwelling in the British Isles, an early eighteenth-century crow-stepped gabled cottage, and a tiny stone well-head building, both now listed. Both buildings were recorded with 360 degree photography, allowing for future 3D modelling using digital photogrammetry.

During the brief two-hour visit there was time to reconnoitre the wider islet. From the lighthouse, this is reached via a tiny cobbled footbridge across a deep chasm. Further on are the ruins of the ‘Buoy-keepers’ cottage’, a small stone shelter recorded by Hague in 1971. This sits at one end of a larger earthwork building platform identified from aerial photographs. This larger platform may be far earlier than the stone ruin, and could perhaps date to the Middle Ages when the Skerries belonged to the monks of Bangor as one of their principal fisheries. Alongside the platform stands a small stone mooring post above the beach. The vegetation across the main part of the islet is a perforated grass sward covered in rabbit holes, re-used by nesting Puffins in the spring and summer months. Other features noted during the visit included stone navigational beacons, and channels cut between freshwater pools presumably to conserve scarce drinking water in times past.

The Skerries Lighthouse seen from the boat as one approaches the landing stage. The roof of the gabled keepers’ cottage can be seen below.

The tiny gabled lighthouse keepers’ cottage, the oldest separate dwelling of its type in the British Isles.

The attractive footbridge over the chasm which separates the lighthouse from the main part of the islet.

Remains of the ‘Buoy-keepers’ cottage’, a small ruin recorded by Douglas Hague in 1971. It lies at one end of an earlier earthwork platform. Scale 1m.

Looking back towards the lighthouse from the pair of navigational markers built on Toucan rock, named on early Ordnance Survey County Series mapping. Scale 1m.

By Toby Driver: Aerial Investigator

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Big Welsh Walk— Gelligaer Common: An Archaeological Treasure House 14 May, 11am—3pm

Gelligaer Common is one of the most remarkable archaeological landscapes in Wales and features in the Royal Commission’s forthcoming bi-lingual publication, Archaeoleg Ucheldir Gwent/Archaeology of the Gwent Uplands by Frank Olding. On Saturday 14 May, senior archaeologist David Leighton will lead an informative and fascinating guided walk over this bleak but beautiful moorland. As part of Ramblers Cymru Big Welsh Walk, held annually throughout May, this 5-mile walk will take visitors to sites dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. This fairly easy walk should take about four hours to complete, including a break for lunch, and will offer a microcosm of the archaeology of the south Wales valleys before the Industrial Revolution.

Along the way, particular sites of interest will include a visit to the Early Christian Cefn Gelligaer Inscribed Stone which is over 2.5m long. This once bore an inscription near the base of its northern face that read NEFROIHI – “the stone of Nía-Froích”, apparently commemorating an Irish warrior, and dating to the late sixth to early seventh centuries. The stone was first noted by Edward Lhuyd in 1693, but the inscription is no longer visible. Following this, we will visit the deserted medieval settlement known as Dinas Noddfa, which was excavated in the 1930s by the archaeologist Lady Aileen Fox. We will also visit several Bronze Age ring-cairns, including the splendid Carn y Bugail ring-cairn measuring 19.5m (east by west) by 15.8m set within a partly visible kerb of massive outward-leaning slabs and capped by an OS triangulation pillar. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, diggers here reported finds of "bones and urns" and three parallel cists.

Accompanied by Royal Commission staff, including architectural historian Richard Suggett, David Leighton will offer his historical expertise along the way sharing a wealth of knowledge gained through his many years as coordinator of the Royal Commission’s successful long-running Upland’s Project. The walk promises to be a great day out for walkers of all ages and a rare opportunity to discover more about the heritage which surrounds us!

The meeting place for the walk is the carpark of the Visitor Centre, Parc Cwm Darran: NGR SO11360345.

Many of the sites visited in the walk will appear in the Royal Commission’s forthcoming bi-lingual publication Archaeoleg Ucheldir Gwent/Archaeology of the Gwent Uplands by Frank Olding. This will be launched at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny on Thursday 4 August in Pabell Lle Hanes at 2 pm.

Places for the walk are still available, although limited. For further details and booking please contact

View of the Cefn Gelligaer Inscribed Stone from the south east
NPRN: 305944, DS2015_143_001
Aerial photograph showing medieval house platform on Gelligaer Common
NPRN: 15319, DD2015_009_132
Carn y Bugail: Capstone
NPRN: 301283, DS2016_005_003

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Latest News from the Skomer Island Project - The 2016 Fieldwork Season

Last week, the Skomer Island Project team returned to Skomer to undertake the latest phase of archaeological research on the Island. This year archaeologists Louise Barker and Toby Driver (RCAHMW), Bob Johnston (University of Sheffield) and Oliver Davis (Cardiff University) were delighted to be joined by geographer and environmental scientist Sarah Davies of Aberystwyth University.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire is famed for its wildlife and for the survival of its ancient field systems which are amongst the best preserved anywhere in Britain. (© Crown Copyright: RCAHMW, AP_2010_3294)
The aims of this year’s work were twofold; to excavate one of the Island’s main archaeological features, a prehistoric field boundary and the continuation of geophysical survey within the improved fields surrounding the old farm in the centre of the Island.

Despite Storm Katie cutting short our planned four days of fieldwork, we managed to achieve our goals in the two sunny and still days we had and were also lucky enough to witness the return of the puffins.

Archaeological fieldwork involves lots of kit. Getting onto Skomer is always an energetic start to the field season. (© Crown Copyright: RCAHMW)

The site of the excavation. (© Crown Copyright: RCAHMW)
The focus of our small evaluation trench was a substantial lynchet, part of the Northern Field Systems on the Island. A lynchet is a bank of earth that builds up on the downslope of a field ploughed over a period of time and the resulting earth or plough soil is important for helping us reconstruct the environmental history of the Island, identify what was being cultivated and possibly at what date. Therefore, the principal focus of the excavation was to recover samples of the soils within the lynchet which will now be carefully analysed over the coming months.

Excavation in progress. A large number of stones, the result of field clearance, were encountered. (© Crown Copyright: RCAHMW)

Preliminary results from the geophysical survey also look positive. Within the improved fields surrounding the farm in the centre of the Island, there is little evidence for surviving archaeology; however geophysics undertaken in 2012 did reveal sub-surface archaeological features and we wanted to see if this was the case elsewhere. This was indeed the case, and in the area surveyed directly to the west of the farm, the gradiometer detected a linear feature, perhaps a ditch cut by later cultivation ridges.

Geophysical survey in progress with some promising preliminary results (© Crown Copyright: RCAHMW)

As ever the Skomer Island Project team would like to thank the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and the Skomer Wardens for their continued support and help with our work on the Island.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin - March 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. The archival items, library books and journal articles are all available to view in our public reading room. The full archive catalogue is available on Coflein and contains digital copies of many of the items listed.

In preparation for our move to new premises at the National Library of Wales we will be suspending our library, search-room and enquiry service from 4 April 2016. We anticipate the suspension to last for three months.

During the closure we will be unable to accommodate visitors or reply to enquiries. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new library and reading room in the summer.

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March 2016

RCAHMW, Crown Buildings, Plas Crug, Aberyswyth  NPRN: 23275  DS2011_327_002


A. J. Parkinson Collection: Cat. Ref. AJPC/01/08
Field notes and/or drawings, produced or collated by Anthony J. Parkinson, relating to sites in Glamorgan:
  • Abergorki Waddle Fan 
  • Aberkenfig Woollen Mill 
  • Aberpergwm House, Glynneath 
  • Aber-Taf Farm Complex, Abercynon 
  • Bethel Baptist Chapel, Georgetown 
  • Blaen Nant y Gwyddyl Farmstead, Glynneath 
  • Bridgend Great Western Railway Station 
  • Bryn-Cefflau Outbuildings, Glynneath 
  • Bryn Llefrith Farmstead/ Model Farm, Cwmllynfell 
  • Caersalem Baptist Chapel, Well Street, Dowlais 
  • 6-37 Cambrian Place, Swansea 
  • Capel Pantywyll, Park 
  • Castell-y-Mynach, Pentyrch 
  • 1-23 Church Street, Pentrebach 
  • Cyfarthfa Ironworks, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Cwmamman Chapels 
  • Cwmllynfell (buildings east of weir) 
  • Cyfarthfa Row, Park 
  • Derlwyn Mawr, Glynneath 
  • Dyffryn House/ Worlton, St. Nicholas and Bonvilston 
  • Ebenezer Chapel, Plymouth Street, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Gellionnen Unitarian Chapel, Pontardawe 
  • Gwaun Clawdd Circular Byre, Lamb and Flag Farm, Abercraf 
  • Horse Street, Dowlais 
  • 23-26 Incline Street, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Iron Lane, Georgetown 
  • 8 King Street, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Lan, Pontypridd 
  • Landore Siemens Steelworks Engine House, Landore 
  • Llancarfan 
  • Llandaff Bridge 
  • Llantwit Major Grange 
  • Llwyn-yr-Egwan, Glynneath 
  • Llysworney/ Great House, Llandow 
  • Neath Railway Station 
  • Neath Town 
  • New Mansion, Rudry 
  • Old National School and House, Treherbert 
  • Pandy, Pontardulais 
  • 2-6 Poplar Cottages, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea 
  • Rhydcar, Merthyr Tydfil 
  • St. Brynach’s Church, Llanfrynach 
  • Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, Adare Street, Bridgend 
  • The Squares, Abercanaid 
  • The Triangle, Pentre Bach 
  • Tramroad Side, Georgetown 
  • Treforest Tinplate Works 
  • Union Ironworks, Rhymney 
  • 53-56 Well Street, Dowlais 

A. J. Parkinson Collection: Cat. Ref. AJPC/01/09
Field notes and/or drawings, produced or collated by Anthony J. Parkinson, relating to sites in Merioneth:
  • All Saint’s Church, Llangar 
  • Alwen Sawmill 
  • Arthog Hall/ Arthog Hotel 
  • Barmouth Railway Signal Box 
  • Braich Goch Slate Works 
  • Brigands Inn/ Bury Hotel/ Peniarth Arms, Mallwyd 
  • Bryneglwys Slate Quarry 
  • Bryn Brith, Corwen 
  • Cefn Caer, Pennal 
  • Cwm Farm, Cwm Cynfal 
  • Dolammarch, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant 
  • Esgair Weddan, Pennal 
  • Felin Ty-n-y-Nant/ Melin Tyddyn Du, Gellilydan 
  • Glan-y-Wern/ Rectory, Arthog Ficeroy 
  • Gwynfynydd Gold Mine, Ganllwyd 
  • Hendwr Barn, Llandrillo 
  • Hengwrt House and Castell Cymmer, Llanelltyd 
  • Llanuwchllyn Railway Station, Bala Lake Railway 
  • Llwyn Onn, Llandderfel 
  • Pandy Dolobran, Mawddwy 
  • St Cadfan's Well, Tywyn 
  • St. Derfil’s Church Lych Gate, Llandderfel 
  • Tai’r Felin, Llandderfel 
  • Trawscoed, Llanuwchllyn 
  • Ty Cerrig, Llangywer 
  • Ty Hwnt i'r Nant, Mallwyd 

A.J. Parkinson Collection: Cat. Ref. AJPC/01/10
Field notes and/or drawings, produced or collated by Anthony J. Parkinson, relating to sites in Monmouthshire:
  • Abercwmeiddaw Quarry 
  • Allt-y-Bela, Llangwm 
  • 5 Bank Street/ Parfitt’s Shop, Chepstow 
  • Bell Inn, Caerleon 
  • Berllandeg, Llanhennock Fawr 
  • Bryn Seion, Tafarnau Bach 
  • Butchers Arms, Frogmore Street, Abergavenny 
  • Caldicot Castle 
  • Castle View Farm, Raglan 
  • Celynnin, Llangybi 
  • Chapel, Llanellen 
  • Chapel House Tithe Barn, Abergavenny 
  • Church Farmhouse, Caldicot / Llantony Secunda Manor 
  • Church House, Kemeys Commander 
  • Cnwc Farmstead, Abercarn 
  • Coed-y-Ridder, Pontllanfraith 
  • Cottage WNW of Ysgubor Kemeys, Caerwent 
  • Court Farmhouse, Rogiet 
  • Cross Keys Inn, Usk 
  • 46 Cross Street, Abergavenny 
  • Cymmerau/ Cwmerra, llantilio Crossenny 
  • Dolkins Wood Cottage/ Yew Tree Cottage, Caerwent 
  • Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, The Square, Magor, Newport 
  • Ford Farmhouse, Magor Road, Langstone 
  • 35 and 37 Four Ash Street/ Whitefriars Cottage, Usk 
  • 10 and 10A Frogmore Street, Abergavenny 
  • Garn Fach/ Lower Garn, Llanhennock 
  • Graig Olway, Usk 
  • Grayhill Duck-nests, Caerwent 
  • Great Birches, Grosmont 
  • Great Bulmore Farm, Caerleon 
  • Great Dinham Barn, Caerwent 
  • Great Dinham Stable, Caerwent 
  • Great House, Caerwent 
  • Gwynfynydd Gold Mine, Ganllwyd 
  • Hillgrove, Llanarth 
  • Hill Barn, Caerwent 
  • Howell’s House, Nash and Sons Shop 
  • Kilpale Cottages, Caerwent 
  • Limekiln SW of Littlewood, Caerwent 
  • Little Bulmore Farmstead, Caerleon 
  • Little Dinham, Caerwent 
  • Little Ton, Llanarth 
  • Llananant Farm/ Penallt, Trellech United 
  • Lower Llanmelin Barn and Byre, Caerwent 
  • Lower Trefedw, Crucorney Fawr 
  • Manor Farm/ Crick Manor Farm, Caerwent 
  • Manor Farm, Rogiet 
  • Manor House Cottage, Caerwent 
  • 11-23 Market Street, Abergavenny 
  • 41 Monmow Street, Monmouth 
  • Nant-Gam Uchaf/ Nant Gau Uchaf, Crumlin 
  • Nant-y-Carnau, Crucorney Fawr 
  • Old Campston, Grosmont 
  • Old Farm, Cwmllwydro 
  • Penrhiw-Lech, Llanhilleth 
  • Pentre, Grosmont 
  • Pentre Old House, Llanfoist Fawr 
  • Penyclawdd Court, Llanfihangel Crucorney 
  • Piercefield Ruins, St. Arvans 
  • Pistyll, Mitchel Troy 
  • Pwll, Tregare 
  • Rhyswg-Fach Longhouse, Abercarn 
  • Rock Farm House / Rock and Fountain Inn, Llanvaches 
  • St. Martin’s Church, Cwmyoy 
  • St. Stephen’s Church, Caerwent 
  • Swffryd Ganol/ Swffryd Cottage, Llanhilleth 
  • The Grange, Llangattock-vibon-avel 
  • The Rectory, New Inn 
  • The Tannery, 13 High Street, Chepstow 
  • Town Farm, Grosmont 
  • Tregrug Barn, Llangybi 
  • Tre-Owen House, Mitchel Troy 
  • Ty Canol, Oldcastle 
  • Ty-Pwll, Cefn-Crib 
  • Upper Talyfan, Mitchel Troy 
  • Wern, Tredunnock 
  • Wern-Ddu, Llantilio Pertholey 
  • Whitewall Brake Limekiln, Caerwent 
  • Ysgubor Fach Byre, Caerleon 

A.J. Parkinson Collection: Cat. Ref. AJPC/01/11
Field notes and/or drawings, produced or collated by Anthony J. Parkinson, relating to sites in Montgomeryshire:
  • Aberangell Corn and Sawmill 
  • Belan Limekilns, Shropshire Union Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal 
  • Cefn-y-Mynach Barn, Kerry 
  • Felin Rhisglog Mill Site, Cadfarch 
  • Hollies Storage Buildings, Montgomery 
  • Leighton Estate, Cilcewydd 
  • 80-88 Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth 
  • New Mill/ Carno Mill, Carno 
  • Plas Machynlleth, Machynlleth 
  • Royal House, 13 Pen-yr-Allt Street, Machynlleth 
  • Rhyd Hir, Llanfyllin 
  • Ty Coch Talwrn, Llanfechain 
  • Upper Hem, Forden 
  • Whitebridge Sawmill, Welshpool 

Emergency Recording Collection
Plans, received in the course of Emergency Recording, relating to:
  • Nannau, Dolgellau 
  • Odeon Cinema, Sketty 
  • Palace Cinema, Risca, Newport 
  • Pen y Fal Hospital/ Abergavenny Asylum 
  • Priory Tithe Barn, Abergavenny 
  • Upper Tre-Rhiw Barn, Llantilio Crossenny 

General Information Collection: Cat. Ref. GCCM2/019
Memoir, in Welsh, ‘Tinplate working at Kidwelly and Brynaman’: not dated.

Investigators Digital Photography
Digital photographic surveys relating to:
  • Memorial plaque at Crown Building, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth: 2015 
  • Burnt Mound, Pant Ffosyrhebog: 2015 and 2016 
  • Picnic Table, Duke’s Table, Cefn Pwll-Coch, Mynydd Llangtwg: 2016 
  • Duke’s Table, Trefil, Tredegar: 2016 

Investigators Photographs
Photographic surveys relating to:
  • North Wales Counties Hospital Complex, Denbigh: 1995 
  • Town Hall, Pontypridd: 1995 
  • Trevor Hall Farm Buildings, Trevor Isaf, Llangollen: 1995 

NMR Site Files
  • Descriptive account, and black and white photographs, relating to Pentre Padarn Old House, Llangeithio: 1988 
  • Photo survey of Swansea workingmen’s Club and Institute: 1996 
  • Photo survey of Trefalen Farm, Bosherston: 1996 
  • Black and white photographs relating to a thatched cottage at Cefn Penarth Farm: not dated 
  • Black and white photographs relating to Cardigan Union Workhouse: 1927-1950 
  • Descriptive account, plan, and black and white photos, relating to Deri Odwyn, Llangeithio: 1988 

Proposed Gwent County Hall and Police Headquarters Collection: Cat. Ref. PGCH
Documents relating to the proposed County Hall and Police Headquarters at Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran.

Covering dates: 1973-2011


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Ancient Monuments Society Transactions vol. 60 (2016)

Ancient Monuments Society/Friends of Friendless Churches Newsletter no. 01/2016 (Winter-Spring)

Below! no. 2016.1 (Spring 2016)

Brycheiniog vol. 47 (2016)

C20: The magazine of the Twentieth Century Society no. 1/2016

Ceredigion vol. 17 no. 3 (2015)

Chapels Society Newsletter no. 61 (January 2016)

Current Archaeology no. 313 (April 2016)

Diver, magazine of the British Sub-Aqua Club [formerly Triton], incomplete run 1978 – 1992 [donation]

Dredged Up from the Past: Archaeology Finds Reporting Service Newsletter nos. 12-17 (2013-2015) [donation]

Etifeddiaeth y Cymry rh. 62 (Gwanwyn 2016)

Focus [Historic Environment Scotland technical conservation journal], 2016 issue

The Gower Society Newsletter, Spring 2016

Heritage in Wales no. 62 (Spring 2016)

The Historic Environment Policy & Practice, most issues 2012-2015 [donation]

Institute of Historic Building Conservation Yearbook 2016

Past: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society no. 82 (Spring 2016)

Pembrokeshire Life (March 2016)

Railway and Canal Historical Society Bulletin no. 460 (March-April 2016)

Railway and Canal Historical Society Journal vol. 38 pt. 7 no. 225 (March 2016)

Subaqua Scene, almost complete run 1984-1989 [donation]

Triton, magazine of the British Sub-Aqua Club [later Diver], 3 issues from 1976 and complete year 1977 [donation]

The Victorian no. 51 (March 2016)

Welsh Mills Society Newsletter no. 123 (April 2016)

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter no. 146 (March 2016)

Journals Current Awareness

Ancient Monuments Society/Friends of Friendless Churches Newsletter no. 01/2016, p. 5: in ‘The National Scene’, comment on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill [‘generally it is a Good Thing’]; p. 6 ff.: ‘The National Ancient Monuments Review’ mentions the following Welsh sites: St. Martin and All Angels, Castlemartin, Pembs.; St. Mary’s Llanfair Kilgeddin, Monms.; p. 10 ff., Casework section: Gwynedd Council gives go-ahead for demolition of 390 High Street, Bangor; application to rebuild Keeperes Cottage, Rhoose, is withdrawn; Eglwys Crist, Abergele conversion ‘welcomed in principle’ by the Society; Capel Tabernacl, Chapel Street, Conwy: amendments to conversion plan proposed are ‘broadly acceptable’; St. Cynfarwy’s Church (Grade II), Llechcynfarwy, Anglesey: society ‘absolutely appalled’ that a 12th century font is to be retained during conversion as a ‘washstand basin’ – will it be ‘fitted with taps and a u-bend’? Other elements of the plan were also of concern; St. Ffraid’s Llansantffraed, Monms. - concern at proposed removal of pews; Ty Capel, Rhoscolyn, Anglesey: old porch to be reinstated, a preferable option to erecting a new one; p. 24 ff.: ‘HLF-funded schemes completed’ section also mentions several Welsh sites.

Brycheiniog vol. 47, p. 161: Review, by Chris Cox, of Above Brecknock by Chris Musson and Toby Driver

Ceredigion vol. 17 no. 3, p. 1: ‘A North Ceredigion Charcoal Industry’ by John Wiles [former colleague]; p. 73: ‘Promoting horticulture before 1920: The North Cardiganshire Horticultural Society (1894-1905)’ by Stephen Briggs [ditto]

Current Archaeology no. 313, p. 7, ‘News in brief’ section: ‘Protecting Wales’ past’ [note on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill]; p. 48: regular ‘From the trowel’s edge’ column by the Royal Commission’s Secretary, Christopher Catling, this month about secrets hidden in OS maps, cartographers’ (deliberate) mistakes, TV series Detectorists (good) and Battlefield Recovery (bad), Abraham Darby’s blast furnaces, and Neil McGregor’s retirement.

Focus, p. 4: ‘New lead body for the historic environment’ [creation of Historic Environment Scotland by merging Historic Scotland and RCAHMS]

Past: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society no. 82, p. 3: ‘Prehistoric prospection for copper near the source of the River Severn, Plynlimon, Wales’ by Simon Timberlake and Early Mines Research Group

Pembrokeshire Life, p. 23: ‘Skomer’s secret history’ [Dr. Toby Driver to talk about Skomer’s archaeology in light of the recent excavations]

The Victorian no. 51, p. 24, Casework section, Wales and the Midlands mentions two Welsh sites: Custom House (1845, Grade II listed) and adjoining York Hotel (1890) in Cardiff (threat of demolition and redevelopment behind partially-retained facades); Bangor Railway Institute (application to demolish rejected but building still under threat) Welsh Mills Society Newsletter no. 123, p. 3: ‘Editorial – a bill to make history’ comments on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.

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